quantitative PCR, genetics & genomics, microbiology
Microbes Meet Cancer
Microbes Meet Cancer
Kate Yandell | Apr 1, 2016
Understanding cancer’s relationship with the human microbiome could transform immune-modulating therapies.
Immune Influence
Immune Influence
Kate Yandell | Apr 1, 2016
In recent years, research has demonstrated that microbes living in and on the mammalian body can affect cancer risk, as well as responses to cancer treatment.
Startup Licenses “Vaginal Seeding” Approach
Startup Licenses “Vaginal Seeding” Approach
Tracy Vence | Mar 31, 2016
Boston-based Commense plans to develop microbial and nonmicrobial interventions aimed at improving child health.
Minimal Genome Created
Minimal Genome Created
Ruth Williams | Mar 24, 2016
Scientists build a living cellular organism with a genome smaller than any known in nature.
Contacts May Affect Eye Microbiome
Contacts May Affect Eye Microbiome
Jef Akst | Mar 23, 2016
The bacterial communities in the eyes of contact lens wearers resemble those of the skin, according to a study. 
Former Affymetrix Employees Fail to Stop Thermo Fisher Takeover
Former Affymetrix Employees Fail to Stop Thermo Fisher Takeover
Bob Grant | Mar 22, 2016
Their $1.5 billion bid, which topped Thermo Fisher Scientific’s $1.3 billion offer for the genetic analysis company, was rejected.
Origins of Dysentery
Origins of Dysentery
Bob Grant | Mar 22, 2016
A new genomic analysis reveals that the pathogen responsible for the gastrointestinal disease likely originated in Europe and hitched a ride to new lands with settlers.
CRISPR Can Tag RNA
CRISPR Can Tag RNA
Kerry Grens | Mar 21, 2016
Modifications to the DNA-slicing program allow for monitoring the movement of messenger RNA.
Study: Genetic Tests Don’t Change Behavior
Study: Genetic Tests Don’t Change Behavior
Jef Akst | Mar 17, 2016
Knowing one’s genetic risk for particular diseases doesn’t encourage behavior modifications, according to a study.
Clock Reset on Denisovan-Neanderthal Split
Clock Reset on Denisovan-Neanderthal Split
Kerry Grens | Mar 14, 2016
Nuclear DNA from 430,000-year-old specimens indicates that Neanderthals had already diverged from their ancient-human predecessors.